Holly Barruso, M.A.

Holly Barruso is a professional counselor with 14 years of experience working in the mental health field. Her extensive training includes: family systems theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and play therapy. After her years in the mental health field, Holly is excited to have found the missing piece of the puzzle necessary to help others achieve sustained recovery and well-being. Her personal life-changing experience with our Biblical Counseling process showed her the healing power of heart transformation and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring authentic healing and wholeness to the lives of individuals, couples and families.

Before becoming a Biblical counselor at Rock House Center, Holly provided individual and family therapy for hundreds of clients struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and grief and loss. Her clients have been children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health agencies, and residential treatment centers. Holly has also helped children, adolescents and their families who are struggling with behavioral issues, developmental delays, abuse and neglect, foster care placement, parenting challenges, divorce and custody conflicts, step parenting, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. Holly’s own personal testimony along with the many other testimonies of Rock House Center clients has given her new energy, passion and hope to help her clients recover from any situation.

Holly has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Holly was born and raised in Rochester, NY, has been married for 17 years, and has four children and a granddaughter. Holly serves as a leader in her church in Spring Hill, TN. She also enjoys warm family times, sharing her personal testimony of transformation and marriage restoration, participating in ladies’ Bible study groups, listening to worship music, exercising and walking.